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Ward management 

Ward management
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Ward management
Author(s):

James Harvey

, Sue Down

, Rachel Bright-Thomas

, John Winstanley

, and Hugh Bishop

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215065.003.0015
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date: 22 August 2019

Ward management. This chapter covers the pre-, peri- and post-operative care of the breast cancer patient. The majority of patients undergoing breast surgery are now discharged home on the same day as their operation, utilising an enhanced recovery programme. This includes patient education prior to their surgery, thorough pre-operative optimisation, appropriate pain control and early mobilisation with specific physiotherapy advice. Each of these areas is discussed in detail, and the important role of the family practitioner in achieving the optimal care pathway is emphasised.

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